Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

The last couple of days here in the Seattle we’ve gotten (for us) a lot of snow.  I think our city normally averages something like 5ish inches a year and in one day we got about 9 inches of snow!  Add that to the topography of the region which is mostly hills and you get a slippery mess!

However I saw the silver lining and took this as a chance to test of the little tub of Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing that I bought a little while ago.

fiebings snowproof dressing

Also this is a chance for me to point out that you can take kangaroo bullwhips  and use them in the rain and snow.  There’s this general misconception that if you take you kangaroo whips outside in the rain you’ll ruin them. That’s simply not true.

What is true is that if you do take your whips outside in the rain or snow you will need to maintain them properly and it’s not that hard to do.  A coat of dressing before you take them out will help block the moisture from getting into your whip while you are cracking.  When you are finished cracking your whips you dry them off and give them another light coat of dressing.

That’s it, it’s not to hard.

Now back to my use of the Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing.  This stuff feels a bit more like Pecard Leather Dressing than the Fiebing’s Aussie Dressing does however it felt like it penetrated into my whips easier than Pecard’s does.  It didn’t take as much friction / heat to get it apply it, so that’s a plus.

I put a coat on my whips and took them out in the snow:

One thing I noticed was that my whips didn’t really get wet!  After cracking them in the snow they ended up very cold, but not wet.  I gave them a rub down with a towel anyway and another light coat of dressing.

I expected the falls of the whips at the very least to pick up some moisture but they never felt like they picked up any additional water weight while cracking.   Keep in mind that snow is a lot different from rain, where snow is basically a solid unlike rain which is a liquid.

If I was to go out and crack my whips in the snow again I would use Fiebing’s Snowproof again!

Louie

What to use to condition a bullwhip

What to use to condition a bullwhip

Bullwhips are made of leather and over time will naturally lose their oils and dry out.  That’s why there are leather conditioners and dressings that you can use on your whip to put oil back into it.  The main three that I use are:

Pecard: This is great on the thong, handle or fall of your bullwhip.

leather conditioner
bullwhip leather dressing

Feibings Aussie Conditioner: This is similar to pecards, but in my opinion not quite as good (don’t get me wrong it’s still good).  The upside is that it’s easy to find, most Tandy Leather Factory stores sell it as do a lot of saddle shops.

feibings leather
aussie leather conditioner

Pappy’s Dubbin: This will work on the handle or lash of the whip, and is fantastic on falls!

whip conditioner
pappys dubbin

Jay-El:  This stuff is great…but hard to find in the USA.

joseph liddy leather dresing

All of these three dressings / conditioners have a thick consistency and you don’t need much to put on you whip.  Stay away from leather dressing that has a liquid consistency because you will really run the risk of oversaturating  your whip and ruining it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

P.S. I’ll be in Oregon from 4/30 to 5/2, so if you email me or call me I might not get back to you until 5/3.